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Hudson is innovation champion


LBW Community College’s Mary Ann Hudson is the first recipient of a newly-established Innovation Champions Award.

This new employee recognition program provides an opportunity to showcase innovations employees have successfully designed and implemented which positively impact the College.

The award recognizes Hudson, chair of the LBWCC’s mathematics/science division, coordinator of distance education faculty development, and biology instructor, for her role in the creation of a new program for math students.

By way of this recognition, Hudson is also named as the College’s choice for the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award established by the national League for Innovation to recognize faculty, staff, and administration for excellence in leadership and innovation in higher education.

Hudson will attend the League for Innovation’s national conference in Dallas, Texas, in March, where she will participate in a recognition ceremony.

“We are very proud of the leadership provided by Ms. Hudson in the creation of the math emporium, which has now been implemented at all our campus locations,” said LBWCC President Dr. Herb Riedel. “Students completing these courses are showing remarkable improvement in comprehension and higher success rates in subsequent math courses.”

Selection for the award was based on the criteria of quality, efficiency, cost effectiveness, creativity, timeliness, learning, and collaboration. Hudson prepared grant information for a National Center for Academic Transformation Grant and led the mathematics faculty through the development and implementation of the new design.

“I am deeply honored,” said Hudson. “The success of the math emporium is due to the hard work, dedication and teamwork of our math instructors and the support of administration in getting the program started and building it to where it is today.”

The math emporium allows students to progress at their own speed through each component within a course, said Riedel. This provides an opportunity for some students to complete multiple math courses within a semester and pay only one fee for more than one course. It also allows students to start at the point they left if carrying a course from one semester to the next, eliminating the need to repeat portions already mastered.

“This concept is already implemented at some four-year institutions in math and other disciplines, and gives our students a base for success in mathematics,” Riedel said.

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